|Favored by fishermen, motorcycle riders,
and winter sports enthusiasts, heated socks
are now becoming popular with people shoveling
snow and the elderly suffering from conditions
such as poor circulation and Raynaud's Phenomenon.
While there are many home remedies
for keeping feet warm (such
corn bags), people on the go
and the less
mobile may find heated socks
a better alternative.
Heated socks can keep feet warm
for up to
12 hours using warming circuits
the socks -- think of them as
battery-operated electric blankets.
low voltage power eliminates
risk of electrical
shock, even when wet.
When buying heated socks, here
are some tips
- Choose a design based on how you will wear
them. Some socks have heating wires throughout
the sock; this design is good for inactive
wearers who are not wearing shoes. Others
have heating wires only in the toe area,
as these are the farthest extremities and
most likely to need heat, especially for
people with poor circulation. Other styles
avoid the sole of the sock, which is important
if you are going to be doing a lot of walking
- Choose a sock length depending on the type
of shoe or boot you will wear with them.
Keep in mind the battery and control placement
and whether these will interfere with the
shoe or boot.
- Look at the heating capacity, temperature
control, battery life, and ease of changing
the batteries. "Always on" socks
are the simplest design; variable temperature
allows you to adjust for different ambient
temperatures, shoe heat retention, and activity
Finally, check the washing instructions.
Most can be gently handwashed without damage.